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French protestors take to streets over pension reform

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President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms have been pushed through

Unbelievable scenes in France as tens of thousands of people take to the streets to protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms.

Like something you would see in a movie, demonstrators lit fires and flares in the famed Place de la Concorde in Paris – demanding the immediate resignation of the nation’s leader.

The government used a special constitutional power – known as Article 49:3 – to avoid a knife-edge vote in parliament and essentially rush through the legislation.

Even though Macron was re-elected last year on a platform for these retirement reforms, his ruling coalition doesn’t hold a majority in the Assembly and would have needed support from the Republican party.

The reform will raise the retirement age in France from 62 to 64.

Protests have engulfed much of the nation for weeks.

Demonstrators crowded into the Place de la Concorde square in Paris, with thousands remaining into the evening.

There are reports of clashes between police and protesters, with tear gas and water cannons fired at the crowd.

In response, far-right politician Marine Le Pen says opposition deputies will file a motion of no-confidence in the government.

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Helicopter carrying Iran’s President Raisi crashes

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A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister crashed on Sunday as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog.

The official said the lives of Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were “at risk following the helicopter crash”, which happened on the way back from a visit to the border with Azerbaijan in Iran’s northwest.

“We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi takes off, May 19, 2024. Ali Hamed Haghdoust/IRNA/WANA via REUTERS

State TV quoted an official as saying at least one passenger and one crew member had been in contact with rescuers. It also said the helicopter had been found, though Iran’s Red Crescent denied this report.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power with a final say on foreign policy and Iran’s nuclear programme, sought to reassure Iranians, saying there would be no disruption to state affairs. #iran #trending

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Why Australia is becoming the new home of the Hollywood blockbuster

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Australia’s multimillion-dollar campaign to attract Hollywood productions to its shores appears to be paying off.

The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

Despite the recent intake of Hollywood productions down under such as ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’, Aussie independents are still finding the space to carve their own creative path.

Rob Fantozzi joined the program to discuss the latest in Hollywood, and showcased his own upcoming project – ‘Omerta‘. #featured

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Portal between countries shut down after international flashing

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An international video portal has been forced to shut down after an OnlyFans model reportedly flashed passersby from across the globe.

On this episode of Ahron and Mike Live – Which would you prefer; pay rise or work perks, an international portal closes, the military reveal a submarine stingray and are you on a top or bottom burger bun?

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured #trending

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